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July 10, 2013
5th Consecutive Grant Demonstrates Performance Objectives Achieved

Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Office of Education’s AmeriCorps program was awarded another three-year formula grant in the amount of $359,957 from CaliforniaVolunteers to continue its United for Literacy program efforts in Monterey County. This is the fifth consecutive award for AmeriCorps, signaling confidence in MCOE’s administration of the United for Literacy program.

Awarding of this grant was critical for a region where 58 percent of second through fourth graders do not meet proficiency standards in language arts and 64 percent of students are English learners (Data Quest, California Department of Education).

“Reading is the gateway to success. By the fourth grade, students are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn. Monterey County United for Literacy opens the doors to achievement allowing students to read, enjoy reading, and ensure they are well prepared for the academic rigor that begins in fourth grade,” said Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski.

Monterey County United for Literacy mobilizes and links community resources that enable Monterey County children to read well and independently by the end of fourth grade. Since its inception in 2000, the program has clocked 484,000 hours of volunteer service reaching 6,175 students with one-on-one reading tutoring. Ninety percent of students participating in United for Literacy have advanced their reading ability to reach performance objectives.

As California’s academic standards have become more rigorous, our United for Literacy program has kept pace and ratcheted up its strategies to help students achieve reading literacy,” said Kotowski.

Today, 30 tutors each provide 1,700 hours of literacy development service to schools annually. Tutors provide one-on-one or small group tutoring under direction of a site coordinator during and after school hours for 30 minutes at least three times a week. This year, more than 515 students will receive at least 20 hours of tutoring.

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